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How EU powdered milk threatens African production

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Thursday, 15 March 2018

How EU powdered milk threatens African production

The secondary effect of the common agricultural policy (CAP) on African agriculture is a source of concern for MEPs. In recent years exports of powdered milk have soared, threatening the African dairy sector. If Europeans farmers profit from the policy set up by the EU, the collateral damages in developing countries can sometimes be quite significant. At a joint meeting of the European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, MEPS heard a number of experts on the effects of the CAP on developing countries. It’s a sensitive topic, as MEPs are currently working on the reform of the next CAP for 2020. “We want the CAP to take into account the needs of developing countries,” said Maria Gabriela Zoana, vice-chair of the committee. According to the results of a study published by Maria Blanco, professor of Agricultural Economics at the Technical University of Madrid, “the current CAP is more compatible with the development goals”. The end of export subsidies and the consolidation of decoupled payments have made “the CAP more compatible”, said Blanco, but she also pointed out “coupled payments” applied by the Member States which lead to distortions in the internal and external markets.

Source: EURACTIV.fr